Golf: Johnson, Landry co-lead as cut looms for others
4), 5-7, 6-3 to reach only his second ATP Tour final after being beaten by Dominic Thiem on clay in Nice last month.
The tournament will see an all-German final after 192-ranked Florian Mayer crushed world number seven Thiem, 6-3, 6-4, in Saturday’s second semi-final.
As Zverev bids for his maiden career title, Mayer plays his sixth final and first in nearly five years as he targets a second ATP title after Bucharest in September 2011.
“It’s unbelievable to get a win against Roger, especially on grass,” said Zverev. “I played very good and served well once again. I think that helped me a little bit and I played well in the important moments. “It’s nice to get a win like that. It’s nice with that kind of match going into Wimbledon and obviously into the final here as well.
“Don’t forget that that is a very big match for me as well. We’ll see what happens tomorrow number one Novak Djokovic, Federer’s current level would unlikely see that run come to an end.
The 1.98m (6’6") Zverev is already guaranteed to improve his career-high ranking in Monday’s new list to inside the top 30.
He took the first set on a tie-break having lost just four points on serve and firing 14 winners. Federer earnt the first break of the match at 5-5 in the second with a sublime drop shot before finishing off the set with two service winners. But a backhand error from Federer gave Zverev the crucial break in the sixth game of the deciding set.
Federer was unable to battle back from there and he fails to reach the final in Halle for the first time in his last 11 attempts. Zverev finished with 39 winners and eight aces while saving six of seven break points, gaining revenge for a defeat to Federer on the Rome clay last month. “It’s always tough to play somebody the first time,” Zverev added.—APP OAKMONT, United States—Jason Day and Phil Mickelson both battled hard to stay in the hunt at the US Open Saturday, firstly trying to duck under the cut mark to make it into the final two rounds.
In a tournament thrown out of kilter by violent Thursday thunderstorms at Oakmont, both came back out to conclude their second rounds early in the day.
They would have to wait though to know for sure if they were safe as half the field had yet to complete their second 18 and playing conditions were as good as they have been all week.
World number one Day, looking to add to the PGA Championship he won last year, parred his way in for an encouraging 69 that left him at five-over par.
“I’m hoping that it gets really hot today and starts baking everything out. And then hopefully play is hard for everyone and hopefully I can claw my way back into this tournament,” the Australian said.
Mickelson, a five-time major winner, seeking to become just the sixth player to have won all four Grand Slam titles after a record six runner-up finishes at the US Open, had to settle for a 73 that put him smack on the early projected cut mark of seven-over.
“Hopefully, I’ll make the cut. I believe that I will,” 46-year-old Mickelson said.
“If so and I have an opportunity, you just never know on this golf course. We’ve seen low scores. I don’t feel like I have to search for anything on the range. I feel like my game is there, but my scoring hasn’t been what I want the first two days.”
The clubhouse lead was held by bighitting American Dustin Johnson who added a 69 late Friday to an opener of 67 to stand at four under.
Two strokes further back were American Scott Piercy and Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who both had 70s.
Three players were grouped at one under — Daniel Summerhays, who carded an impressive 65 late Friday, plus England’s Andy Sullivan and US veteran Jim Furyk, who both signed for 68s.
Among those heading out to play their second rounds, having had a day of rest were first-round leader Andrew Landry, who opened with a 66, English veteran Lee Westwood (67) and Irishman Shane Lowry (68).Landry, the world number 624, started with four straight pars to stay level with Johnson.— AFP
Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after the ATP tour tennis match against Alexander Zverev of Germany in Halle, western Germany on Saturday.